We tested the Jawbone headset with a Sony Ericsson T610 phone in a number of loud environments that have been a source of trouble for traditional headsets. Some of the environments included outdoors (walking), driving a car, at a busy convention center with lots of people talking, and around a powerful steady low traditional electronic fan. Our Jawbone headset performed well in all of these environments and provided improved performance over traditional headsets. The steadier the background noise, the better the headset seemed to perform. In all of these tests the Jawbone helped us hear better and be better heard by the listener on the other end of the line.
The unit was comfortable to wear. The only time we had trouble with the Jawbone was while working out on fitness equipment. In certain non-vertical body positions the earpiece tended to fall off. The over all wiring was long from the earpiece to the phone. The Jawbone control clip, located mid way down the wire between the earpiece and the phone, was able to attach onto a belt or clothing. This clip helped provide strain relief for the earpiece. Instead of clipping near the collar, as many such devices do, the control clip attached far away from the earpiece. It took some time to get used to this feature. At times we wished there was more cable between the belt clip and phone when he was looking for a place to set down his phone. Overall, we were pleased with the quality of the reception and sound. The Jawbone headset we tried reduced background noise. We would recommend it to friends who are having trouble hearing mobile phone conversations or being heard due to noisy environments. It could be a practical tool for everyday use and for trips requiring passage through airports, ports, crowded hallways, driving and other noisy environments.
Designer Yves Béhar , the Swiss founder of Fuseproject , an industrial design firm
Made Of brushed stainless-steel and translucent white plastic
Retail Price $150
Size 2 inches long
Type Of Product noise reduction adaptive cell phone headset
Warranty o ne year limited warranty
Weight 14 grams
The Jawbone drew its power from the cell phone it was connected to. It didn’t use external batteries.
Date Of Review March 2005
Number Of Days Tested 20
Reviewers Article by Chester Godsy
Would You Use This Product Again? Yes